• Katinka Stecina headshot
  • Associate professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Physiology and Pathophysiology
    Room 409 – Basic Medical Sciences Building
    745 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0J9

    Phone: 204-789-3761
    katinka.stecina@umanitoba.ca

Research summary

Dr. Stecina is a systems physiologist studying mature spinal neural networks using functional electrophysiological approaches, focusing on neural control of movement. She investigates thoracic cholinergic and serotonergic neurons' role in walking control, utilizing rodent models with combinatorial optogenetic and chemogenetic approaches. Additionally, she explores non-invasive electrical stimulation in humans to enhance motor function rehabilitation post-spinal or neurological injury.

Research interests

  • Brain, spinal cord, and nerve stimulation
  • Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization and movement adaptation
  • Function of propriospinal and interneurons
  • Neural control of locomotion and walking

Research affiliations:

  • Principal Investigator, Spinal Cord Research Centre

Research themes

  • Electrophysiology
  • Spinal networks
  • Neural control of movement
  • Sensory-motor integration
  • Research interests 
  • The function of propriospinal and interneurons
  • Neural control of locomotion and walking
  • Brain, spinal cord and nerve stimulation
  • Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization and movement adaptation

Biography

Brief bio

Dr. Stecina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, followed by a PhD in Physiology from the University of Manitoba in 2006. She pursued postdoctoral training at Gothenburg University in Sweden and later at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark until 2014, when she established her independent lab at the University of Manitoba. With expertise in systems physiology, she focuses on sensory-motor integration and spinal neural networks, employing various rodent models. Collaborating with colleagues at the Spinal Cord Research Centre, she established a human spinal cord injury research facility aiming to enhance health, balance, and motor control, translating basic science into new rehabilitation strategies.

Cross-appointments:

  • Adjunct, Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physiology, University of Manitoba (2006)

Trainee/Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award to K. Armstrong, Society for Neuroscience, USA (2020)

Trainee/"Will-to-Win" Studentship to K. Armstrong, University of Manitoba (2018)

Trainee/Undergraduate Research Award to S. Basnayake, University of Manitoba (2017)

Trainee/Research Manitoba Master's Studentship to P.K. Bhullar, Manitoba Health Research Council (2016)

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology and Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1998)

Contact us

Physiology and Pathophysiology
432 Basic Medical Sciences Building
745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada

204-789-3696
204-789-3934